Monday, 23 September 2013
This week: planning packed lunches
Back to the packed lunches! I've been giving them some thought. There are some great blogs and websites out there devoted to the packed lunch and ideas aplenty. My son loves his sandwiches but I want to try to give some variety and I am sure some things will go down better than others. The school specifies we are not to give any sweets, crisps, cake and there is a no-nut policy. My plan for now is to mix and match from the following basic ideas:
Savoury muffins, flapjacks
Thick tortilla-like omelette/frittata
Savoury pancakes / fritters (sweetcorn/potato/courgette)
Mini pie (need to think of options that taste good cold, such as cheese and potato)
Carrot/cucumber sticks/pepper/sugar snap peas/cherry tomatoes etc
Dessert / pudding
Homemade cereal/granola bar
Dropped scones / mini pancakes (plain/blueberry/banana etc)
The above is by no means an exhaustive list but some ideas I have to get started. I have bought some small cool/ice packs and will pop one in my son's lunchbox. This was a suggestion from some other mums who said that the classrooms are kept so warm (during the winter especially) that it's a good idea to have one for keeping cheese/yoghurt etc fresher. I intend on preparing the lunches the night before as much as possible to cut down on added stress in the mornings and to give me plenty of time for getting it ready.
Do you make packed lunches for your children or have you in the past? Any tips you can share or additional ideas of lunchbox favourites?